Dear Parent or Guardian:
I am pleased to forward the Winthrop School’s “report card” from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Report cards answer important questions about a school’s overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.
In this report you will find the following important information about our school:
Student enrollment and teacher quality: This section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state. You also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:
- Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach
- Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver
- The college degree and major of your child’s teacher
- Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications
Student assessment on MCAS and other tests: This section of the report shows how our students are performing on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
School and district accountability information: This section of the report contains three important pieces of information:
- Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. Our school has been placed into Level 1.
- School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of our school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. Our school percentile is 82. This means that our school is performing higher than eighty-one percent of the elementary schools in the state.
- Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping all students reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. Massachusetts has set a goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half between the years 2011 and 2017. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher.
To improve student achievement in our school, we are implementing the following:
- Provide staff with ongoing professional development in literacy, math and science.
- Analyze school and student data to support classroom instruction.
- Continue to support literacy, math and science instruction in grades PreK-6 and grades 9-12.
- Increase use of nonfiction text and writing.
- Continue to support a tiered system of supports to meet students’ academic and behavioral needs.
We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Some of the ways you can become involved are:
- Encouraging your child’s learning at home.
- Attending parent-teacher meetings and other special meetings.
- Serving as a volunteer in our school or district.
- Encouraging other parents to become involved.
For more information about the district report card please use this link:
http://melroseschools.com/administration/district-dashboard/, you may also view the attached Winthrop report card.